Giannis Antetokounmpo Played Like an MVP in Game 2
May 16 2019
Antetokounmpo diving for the ball in game two of the Bucks' playoff series against the Celtics. The Bucks hit four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, working to keep pace with Boston. But after Brown experienced back spasms and shot 1-for-7 in Game 1, Budenholzer opted to go with Mirotic to start Game 2.
I see how they played today.
Added Marcus Morris: "They were loading to him". Pretty much the Celtics got everything they wanted. Kyrie who is suppose to be the focal point of your scouting report did whatever he wanted. "Other guys stepped up". I think it is over. It feels like they have some room for improvement too as they scored 123 points but shot just 43.8% from the field in Game 2. "[Giannis] is at his best when he's being aggressive, getting downhill, and getting to the paint [and] putting pressure on the defense".
- Giannis gets rolling in second half.
There was a refreshing honesty throughout the various comments Bucks players and coaches made following Monday afternoon's practice as they dove into why Game 1 was a debacle.
The big question now is, will Malcolm Brogdon make his return to the floor sooner rather than later? Irving is certainly eager for another chance to play. They blew the rest of the league away when it came to point differential and were the only team that boasted an offense and defense that ranked in the top four. It's the same situation, no matter how many points we scored - we won one game. At home the one thing that you can count on for the Celtics is that their home crowd will be ready.
In the second round, you expect Al Horford and Kyrie Irving to show up. No bench player finished in double figures in scoring while Jayson Tatum, Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier combined to shoot eight of 38 from the field, as the Celtics just couldn't keep up after the Bucks went on a furious 24-2 run in the third quarter. Without Kyrie, the Celtics best player would be Jason Tatum, a player with tons of potential which he showed a year ago in the playoffs.
The series is now tied at 1 game apiece.
Game 3 will be held in Boston on Friday.
"It's tough when a team comes into your home and get the two first games, so we knew that".
TNT picked the wrong night to put an isolated camera on Irving after fans voted for him before Game 2.
Game 3 takes place in Boston in the early hours of Saturday morning (1am), live on Sky Sports Arena. This series is definitely just heating up. He fought his shot from all areas of the court, lacking his typical touch around the basket and being off the mark on solid 3-point looks.